2019 NAOJ-ngVLA Science Conference
Photograph • September 19th, 2019
Conference picture at the 2019 NAOJ-ngVLA Science Conference, which was the first international ngVLA Science Meeting.
Paola Caselli, From Clouds to Planets: The Astrochemical Link, July 22, 2021
Science Video •
All ingredients to make stars like our Sun and planets like our Earth are present in dense cold interstellar clouds. In these "stellar-system precursors" an active chemistry is already at work, as demonstrated by the presence of a rich variety of organic molecules in the gas phase and icy mantles encapsulating the sub-micrometer dust grains, the building blocks of planets. Here, I’ll present a journey from the earliest phases of star formation to protoplanetary disks, with links to our Solar System, highlighting the crucial role of astrochemistry as powerful diagnostic tool of the various steps present in the journey. The fundamental role of present and future facilities to make this connection possible will also be highlighted.